In January 2014 Steve took a sabbatical and took on the role of Safety / Security & Crowd Management Manager for Tour de France 2014 He had responsibility to prepare and coordinate readiness of the event safety, security and crowd management operations. The event was recognised as the safest and most successful “Grand Depart” ever. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors with responsibility for all Strategic, Tactical and Operational Security & Crowd Management planning and delivery of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire and the start of Stage 3 from Cambridge up to the M25.
This involved consulting, supervising and auditing the plans of 21 Local Authorities, numerous SAG’s, 20 Spectator Hub Events and all in rural, isolated, urban, city centre, and complex environments, hundreds of miles of road side spectator viewing and coordination with the relevant Policing Authorities (Project GARIN), SIA, HSE, National Security Services and Royalty Protection Group (S014).
“Steve was Event Safety, Security and Crowd Management Manager and a central member of the TdF Hub Team for the Tour de France 2014. His professionalism and expertise were a major asset to delivering this event.”
James Tibbetts Event Director (TdF Hub 2014)
The Tour de France is the world’s largest annual sporting event. The complexity of its financial, logistical and technical elements are a major challenge for those delivering the race.